Municipal Enterprise

JEA (formerly Jacksonville Electric Authority)

JEA is the seventh-largest municipally owned electric utility in the country, serving nearly 420,000 customers across a 900-square-mile service area. It also provides water and sanitation services to area customers. When aggregating the number of customers for each of its services, the company serves more than 950,000 accounts in Northeast Florida. In 2011, the company had more than $2 billion in total revenue and held assets of over $1.8 billion.

Jacksonville Port Authority

The Jacksonville Port Authority is an independent government agency created by Florida legislature in 1963. The agency acts as a landlord of the Port of Jacksonville, the third largest in the state. It manages the port’s upkeep and expansion and receives its operating revenue from lease and rental fees it charges private business that wish to operate from the seaport. A 2009 study estimated that 65,000 jobs in Northeast Florida are related to port activity and that the port generates nearly $19 billion in economic impact annually. The port’s current expansion project is expected to create an additional 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs. On average, these jobs provide a higher wage (nearly $44,000 annually) in comparison to  the average salary for a Jacksonville resident (about $27,000 a year).

U.S. Conference of Mayors

As the official organization of cities with over 30,000 members, The Conference of U.S. Mayors contributes to the development of national urban policy. At U.S. Mayors' conferences, the respective mayors represent each of the more than 1,000 member-municipalities. In adopting policy positions, the Conference helps make federal officials aware of the concerns and needs of urban areas. Read more about U.S. Conference of Mayors...

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a nonprofit educational organization that provides research, analysis, and education in the areas of land taxation, land markets, and land as common property. Read more about Lincoln Institute of Land Policy...

Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Founded in 1999, the center focuses on a wide range of issues dealing with cities, including research and advocacy work relating to transit-oriented development. Read more about Center for Urban and Regional Policy...

The Brookings Institution

The Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institutions publishes a wide variety of studies on community development issues including land use and transportation issues. Read more about The Brookings Institution...

Rural Community Assistance Partnership

The Rural Community Assistance partnership engages in applied research, policy development, public education, and advocacy on rural issues, with a focus on issues of community infrastructure. Read more about Rural Community Assistance Partnership...

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities was founded in 1924 as a representative organization for America's cities. The NLC has since expanded to include over 18,000 municipal members. Through a variety of programs, NLC works to educate and assist both government officials and public servants in their capacity as policymakers. Read more about National League of Cities...

National Governors Association

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors. The NGA also operates the Center for Best Practices, which focuses on state innovations on a wide range of issues, including economic development. Read more about National Governors Association...

National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships aims to advocate and facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships, and to raise the awareness of governments and businesses of how their cooperation can cost-effectively provide quality public goods, services and facilities. Their web site makes available nearly 50 case studies, as well as many papers and presentations. Read more about National Council for Public-Private Partnerships...

National Association of Towns & Townships

Founded in 1976, the National Association of Towns & Townships focuses its research and advocacy efforts on serving the leaders of 11,500 member townships. Association goals include preserving local authority and control in telecommunications and promoting federal support for local economic development programs, water and wastewater infrastructure, brownfields redevelopment, rural roads and bridges. Read more about National Association of Towns & Townships...

National Association of Regional Councils

The National Association of Regional Councils is a nonprofit membership organization serving the interest of regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations nationwide.  It conducts research and promotes regional economic development strategies among its members. Read more about National Association of Regional Councils...

National Association of Development Organizations

The National Association of Development Organizations is a public interest group that provides a variety of services for regional development organizations across the U.S., including training, advocacy, and research in support of a regional approach to economic development. Read more about National Association of Development Organizations...

Municipal Waste Management Association

Affiliated with The United States Conference of Mayors, MWMA is dedicated to and driven by the needs of municipal solid waste directors, environmental commissioners and public works professionals and is a good source of information regarding municipal-owned environmental businesses, as well as general city-led environmental and recycling efforts. Read more about Municipal Waste Management Association...

International Economic Development Council

Established via a merger of the Council of Urban Economic Development (CUED) and the American Economic Development Association (AEDC), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a large membership organization for economic and community development professionals. It provides resources such as information, research, and technical assistance to local development specialists in both the public and private sectors. Read more about International Economic Development Council...